It’s Monday; offices everywhere are probably slightly annoyed at the prospect of waiting five days and four nights for the start of another weekend in Boston. But some office employees in The Hub can get a taste of the weekend while still attending to their day-to-day tasks. How? By hitting up conveniently located roof decks.
As readers know, Boston roof decks are stellar spots for evening – or day – drinking; they’re not-so-surprisingly on-point spots for yoga; and some roof decks are actually slick places to build a home – which, of course, can subsequently be turned into an office that includes its own patio.
It’s the beginning of the workweek. It’s the middle of the summer. It’s time to check out some office roof decks around Boston. Enjoy.
O’Neill and Associates, 31 New Chardon Street, Boston:
Centrally located between the State House, City Hall and a short walk away from North Station, O’Neill and Associates’ roof deck offers employees views of Boston’s West End and North End neighborhoods. It’s also an ideal place to hit up for an afternoon lunch-break quaff session.
The Fashion Project, 326 A Street, Fort Point:
Those who watched the World Cup know: often times, a squad’s best player shoots second during penalty kicks. So, naturally, The Fashion Project’s roof deck office/villa – which includes its own deck – is shown second on this list. There’s no need to explain what’s so great about this place; it’s a house that’s been converted into an office that sits on top of a building in Fort Point, with views of the Harbor and the Boston skyline.
LogMeIn, 320 Summer St, Boston:
BostInno has already featured LogMeIn’s Boston office digs in our “Office Envy” series; we’re doing it again, now. Home to 330 office employees, LogMeIn’s Seaport HQ features a roof deck equipped with dining spots, lounge chairs and Monopoly Board table tops. Great spot to lose a couple hours, casually sipping domestics and passing “Go” 15 to 73 times.
Fama PR, 250 Northern Ave, Boston:
More Seaport-bias, here – sorry, but ocean views go a long way in most people’s books. Fama PR’s office roof deck, sitting atop the entrance to Jerry Remy’s, overlooks the harbor and makes for a fine chill spot during slow work days. It’s also spacious enough for competitive, or not so competitive, Baggo tourneys.
75 State Street, Boston
The architecture of 75 State Street is, itself, a sight to behold. However, the 15,000-square-foot “green roof” on the seventh floor is perhaps – fittingly – the building’s crown jewel, since the top of 75 State is, well, also shaped like a crown. Designed by Copley Wolff Design Group, this roof deck is an environmentally friendly locale, where the building’s corporate employees can enjoy a bite to eat, or gaze skywards at more downtown towers.
Two International Place, Boston
Another Copley Wolff Design Group creation, this multi-tiered, 5,125-square-foot roof deck is at Two International Place. Put to use by Eaton Vance employees, this deck features stained wooden surfaces, green lawn space, hangout-benches and long tables, ideal for meeting spots and larger lunch gatherings. Not a bad place to get shaded under (money) trees, snack on a turkey rollup and loose oneself to Harbor views.
Liberty Mutual Insurance, 157 Berkeley Street, Boston
For Liberty Mutual Insurance’s corporate campus, CWDG opted to forgo designing an office hangout destination; instead, this second-floor deck is a sprawling field of green, off Liberty Mutual’s new conference center, which serves as a viewing-only destination for employees.
Workbar, 45 Prospect St., Cambridge:
If collaborating in the heart of Central Square isn’t enough to get one’s creative juices flowing, Workbar Cambridge offers two private, fifth-floor roof decks for innovators to think, or not think, for hours on.
Soundtrack Group, 162 Columbus Avenue, Boston:
Soundtrack Boston employees were all sorts of giddy when the company’s office roof deck opened. And why wouldn’t they be? Now, they have access a rooftop porch, lined with wooden benches, surrounding elevated patio tables fitted with adjustable umbrellas. Oh hey! Looks like the deck is furnished with two stainless-steel grills and a sink.
OpenView Venture Partners, 303 Congress Street, Boston:
Someone: “Whatcha doin’?”
Cooler someone: “Getting things done, networking.”
Someone: “That’s cool. Where?”
Cooler someone: “OpenView Venture Partners’ roof deck chillzone, overlooking the water, enjoying a tremendous fruit salad spread. You?”
Yeah. What can we say? We’re suckers for Harbor views, high places and corporate outings.
Correction: Copley Wolff Design Group designed the roof decks at 75 State St, Two International and Liberty Mutual. CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc was the building architect.